Windows 7

Codenamed Vienna and Blackcomb, Windows 7 is an operating system and the successor to Windows Vista. It was officially released by Microsoft to the public on October 22, 2009. Below is an image of the Windows 7 Desktop.

Windows 7 desktop

Windows 7 minimum system requirements

1GHz processor or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)
1GB of RAM for 32-bit or 2GB of RAM for 64-bit
16GB of hard drive space for 32-bit or 20GB for 64-bit
DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher.

Some of the new features introduced in Windows 7 include the following:

  • Aero Shake
  • Aero Snap
  • Faster start-up time (i.e. Windows loads faster)
  • Support for multi-touch on touchscreen displays (i.e. using 2 fingers for scrolling)
  • Virtual hard disk support
  • A better overall performance compared to previous versions of Windows.

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Also see: Operating system terms, XPM, Vista, Windows 8